The Giant Lantern Festival, also known as Ligligan Parul, in the city of San Fernando is an annual event that takes place during the month of December, which is the Christmas season in the Philippines. The Giant Lantern Festival Competition that takes place in mid-December is the main highlight of the festival. This is a competition between the creators of giant lanterns.
Usually, one lantern consists of multiple colours and may take different forms. The festival is so popular among natives and tourists that the city of San Fernando is considered to be the Christmas capital of the country. At first, the lanterns were made of simple available materials, such as bamboo. However, the tradition progressed, and the lanterns became bigger and more complicated. Nowadays, this festival is a display of electrical engineering possibilities.
After the competition, the giant lanterns are exhibited at various venues across the city for about two weeks, drawing hundreds of thousands of domestic and international travellers.